We are pleased to invite you to join the World Bank for three stimulating conversations organized by the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land Global Practice (GPURL) at the World Bank. The sessions cover participatory urban design, disaster and urban resiliency for the housing sector, and demographic trends and urbanization. The sessions are part of a month-long series of learning sessions for World Bank staff.

Thursday, March 24, 10:30– 11:45 AM EDT
This session will showcase the results of the Participatory Urban Design Project that took place in Maputo, Dhaka, and Santo Domingo. The objective of the project was to transfer knowledge and experience about participatory urban design processes to local governments and support them in the design of highly visible pilot interventions. The session will highlight the value added of the participatory approach to designing neighborhoods.
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Opening Remarks 
Verena Hagg, Adviser International Financial Institutions Federal Ministry of Finance Vienna
Sameh Wahba, Global Director, World Bank
Dhaka Presentation
Ishita Alam, Urban Development Specialist, World Bank
Shihab Amin Mustafa, Urban Design Specialist in Dhaka City Neighborhood Upgrading Project, Dhaka South City Corporation
Maputo Presentation
Remigio Chilaule, Urban Development Consultant, World Bank
Erasmo Nhachungue, Technical Team Leader, Maputo City Council
Nádia Sultanegy, Senior Technician for Public Spaces and Urban Equipment, Maputo City Council
Santo Domingo Presentation
Sophie Chason, Urban Specialist, World Bank
Diana Tello, Urban Specialist, World Bank
Jesús D’Alessandro, Technical Secretary of the City Council
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Horacio Terraza, Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank
Roland Krebs, Urban Planning Specialist and Director, Superwien Urbanism
Winston von Engel, Director at the Brooklyn office of the New York City Department of City Planning
Joan Caba, Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), Leader of URBACT project “RiConnect – Rethinking Infrastructure”
Dr. Shayer Ghafur, Head of the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh
Monday, April 4, 7:00 –8:00 PM EDT
Government housing policies in developing markets are often not in line with national policy commitments resulting from the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. In Indonesia, while the subsidy programs under the ‘One Million Homes’ policy have successfully addressed the housing deficit, these programs are still far from delivering safe, adequate, energy efficient, and resilient housing for those with acute housing needs while addressing the urgency of reducing green-house emissions and footprint. In this session, the National Affordable Housing Program task team will share practical experience and learnings on how to accelerate disaster resiliency with a robust monitoring and scoring system to strengthen housing structural integrity and mitigate seismic risk.
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Dao H Harrison,
Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank 
Michelle M. Farrell, Marketing and Business Development Lead
EDGE Green Building Market Transformation Program, Climate Business Department, IFC
Tuesday April 5 , 7:00 – 8:30 AM EDT
This session will highlight key regional demographic trends and its confluence with urbanization, its future outlook, and the implications that it will have for cities’ decision making on public spending, infrastructure investments and urban design. Demographic trends are diverse among regions, within regions and within countries: while many cities will continue to grow, albeit at declining rates, many other cities are looking at declining or aging populations. “Demographic Trends and Urbanization” which this session will highlight, is a report recently delivered by the Global Unit, intended as a roadmap for national and city governments so they can better understand these underlying dynamics and factor them into proactive decision-making on public spending, infrastructure investments and urban design.
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